Hunger in the news

4 March 2014

For a senior official at the U.N. World Food Program, we can by making them active agents in their own progress. That way, they will not only “own” the development programs targeted at them, but also make food security an issue for the government in countries like the Philippines — not just international aid groups and NGOs.“One take away from me is how do we get the point out, making people care about the issue and making it less technical and academic,” Praveen Agrawal, WFP country director in Manila, said during a discussion titled the #HungerProject Forum held on Monday.

18 February 2014

February 18 - In response to the growing needs of affected population for them to move on and recover their livelihoods, the World Food Program will transition its operation away from being focused on relief food and nutrition to become more effective in supporting early recovery and rebuilding efforts. Ms. Cornelia Paetz, the WFP Information Officer in Tacloban said that to address recovery needs, WFP will now shift assistance to support communities on the road to recovery. “Our goal is to lay the groundwork for long term food security and good nutrition to increase resilience to future disasters,” Ms. Paetz said.

21 January 2014

Tanauan, Leyte – The World Food Programme (WFP) is providing additional assistance to the victims of the super typhoon “Yolanda” who are beneficiaries of Social Welfare department’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

9 January 2014

The World Food Program is based in Rome. Its executive director is Ertharin Cousin, an American with many years of experience in food issues in the nonprofit, corporate, and government sectors. “When we created this category of level three emergencies, which the U.N. and the nonprofit community work together globally to ensure that we meet the needs of those who are impacted by the most serious emergencies, we all said, what would we do if we had three of them? And now we have four,” said Cousin.

7 January 2014

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday distributed cash assistance to over 2,000 "Yolanda" survivors in Tanauan, Leyte. DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman and WFP country director Praveen Agrawal led the distribution of emergency cash grants to those who were affected by the massive typhoon, which struck central Philippines last November 8.

6 January 2014

As relief and rehabilitation works go full steam in the provinces battered by killer typhoon "Yolanda" (Haiyan), the World Food Programme (WFP) on Sunday announced that it will still remain in the affected communities to aid displaced families. “Emergency food assistance remains a top priority. Protecting children from malnutrition is crucial in the weeks and months ahead and WFP will remain alongside families through the early recover process,” said WFP Philippines country director Praveen Agrawal.

27 December 2013

‘The storm is over, but the struggle to rebuild has just begun’. These are the words on the website of Sami Yusuf, the multi-million album selling singer who on Christmas released a new song dedicated to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in a campaign with the United Nations to encourage donations. (..) Available free on his official website, Hope Survives is Sami Yusuf’s gift to the millions affected by the typhoon and an invitation to his fans and the public to contribute to the cause through WFP.

23 December 2013

In the wake of the tragedy, we traveled to the country earlier this month to survey the relief operations of the UN's World Food Programme (WFP). (..)Within hours of landfall, WFP began mobilizing pre-positioned food supplies, including rice from Sri Lanka and high-energy biscuits from Bangladesh, to reach survivors as quickly as possible.

13 December 2013

Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman said that temporary bunkhouses and emergency shelters were being constructed and residents given cash in exchange for work, including repacking and hauling relief goods.

10 December 2013

About 16,900 Capiceño families will receive packs of 15 kilograms of rice donated by the World Food Program (WFP) in view of supertyphoon Yolanda’s devastation in the province. WFP is among the various international organizations and United Nations agencies who helped Capiceños and other typhoon victims in the Visayas region in the emergency and response as well as in the ongoing early recovery and reconstruction stage.